One thing I think Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning have managed to perfect over the course of their previous two events is the art of juggling their ensemble cast. There's a lot of people involved in this event and lots of bases to cover. They skillfully jump back and forth between these characters, always giving us just enough pages and information to make each moment matter without dragging down the story or creating jarring shifts in narrative. Every page feels important on some level and like the content we are getting matters and that's something many events struggle with delivering. Every event can manage a big splashpage or shock death or stunning reveal. Few can keep the story between these moments just as engaging.
This issue continues the story set up in Ignition by showing the aftermath of The Fault armies invading our universe. The Kree and Shi'ar armadas stationed at The Fault were nearly decimated in the explosion set off by Magus and are now shown struggling against the Cancerverse monsters.
Another stunning moment in its simplicity was the arrival of the Silver Surfer. We were following the battle at The Fault between our universe's protectors and the Cancerverse's initial wave of monsters. This is a losing battle for us and we see each group taking heavy losses and the chaos that is ensuing. This is then juxtaposed with a zoomed out view of the conflict from the Silver Surfer's perspective light years away. Like I said, it's a simple scene, but powerful in its execution.
There was one more thing that made this issue special for me and it was the sketch previews for issue two found at the back. In a word, these are epic. I loved this first issue and it had me believing it was the true successor to the original Annihilation, but these preview pages were absolutely amazing. The most pertinent one to mention is the splashpage featuring Galactus, Tenebrus and Aegis all united together and shown destroying The Fault forces. I don't know how anyone could see this page and not be excited or left in anguish over the fact we have to wait another month for the next issue.